When will Sec. Clinton take the stand on Libya?
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 3:19
- Date Dec 23, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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This evening and we're gonna move on to that ambassador former ambassador John Bolton.
After agreeing to testify about the -- gassing attack secretary of state Hillary Clinton claimed it couldn't cautioned that prevented her from appearing.
Some including my next -- the ambassador thought the timing more than a little suspicious.
John Bolton thanks so much for being with us this evening.
I do it he's all right ambassador.
What makes you think that it's kind of like maybe not real.
Well I think the -- This issue.
I don't know what Hillary Clinton's medical condition is but I know that when they announced that she -- had a concussion.
It actually occurred two or three days before and I think what's at work here is they're trying to.
Being as sick enough not to be able to testify.
But not so sick that it would worry anybody about the presidential campaign that's coming next and it's this too cute by half approach.
That I think that's troubling.
It out it may be that are compassion is actually much worse than then they've given the impression and they're worried about what people would think when she runs for president so.
I'm not saying she's faking it I'm not saying she's not.
Cockpit to run for president I just like some honesty and openness and transparency.
And what exactly the situation has.
And you know ambassadors insisting she couldn't appear on the television shows that ambassador -- -- rice did.
Because she had a grueling week should probably looking for the guide to the video but and then.
She couldn't talk about it because there was an investigation.
And then she had the flu and that she had a concussion but you know we'll let that pass.
You say that it's not just the management failure what happened and -- -- that it is a policy failure what do you mean them.
I think you have for all of the deficiencies of the report you can't read it and much of -- written in State Department bureaucracy is.
Are readily concede that but you can't read can't read it.
Without concluding that there really responsibility.
For this failure goes right to the top of the department it goes to Secretary Clinton and it rests on.
There unwillingness or inability.
-- to acknowledge what the actual situation on the ground and -- was look for I don't know several thousand years.
It has been the responsibility.
Of the host government to provide.
For accredited diplomats the problem with Libya was that was not a functioning government.
That could do that this wasn't Luxembourg -- Iceland.
At nor was it just another run of the mill country this was a central focus of the administration's foreign policy they had overthrown.
The previous government and yet the new government couldn't handle such basic functions -- security for diplomats admitting that.
Would require the Obama administration do admit that -- Libya policy was a failure and that they couldn't do and from that.
Unwillingness or inability to see that I think flowed the consequences.
Down the managerial change ambassador Bolton thanks so much for being -- this evening.